Boston

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Boston Common which includes a monument, a statue or sculpture and a garden

Boston shines as Massachusetts’ revolutionary capital, from Harvard to the Freedom Trail. 

One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston dates back to 1630 and was the site of many key battles during the American Revolution. Today, the city is home to more than 6 million people and is known for its quintessential Irish pubs, fanatical Boston Red sox fans and a relaxed, small-town vibe.

Boston has 21 neighborhoods. These include South Boston, popular with young professionals and families; trendy Jamaica Plain, which was gentrified in the early 2000s; wealthy Beacon Hill; and upscale Back Bay, where the city’s iconic brownstone buildings reign supreme. Nearby Fenway is home to Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox baseball team. The more modern Financial District, dense with skyscrapers, is where you’ll find the New England Aquarium. Make time to stroll through the Boston Common in the downtown area. It is the United States' oldest city park, dating from 1634. Take a ride on an iconic swan boat, paddle in the Frog Pond, or see the final resting places of revolutionary soldiers.

With its European-style street pattern, Boston can be a challenge for the uninitiated to navigate. The grid system typical of many American cities doesn’t exist here, but first-time visitors often enjoy getting lost on its narrow, winding streets. From the Boston Common meander through history along the famous Freedom Trail. This 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) course takes you past more than a dozen sites significant to the American Revolution, including Paul Revere House and the USS Constitution Museum. The trail brings you to Faneuil Hall, a marketplace studded with shops, eateries and galleries. Street performers are ever-present here and add to the rowdy atmosphere.

Boston’s cuisine is eclectic, revealing the influence of the many ethnic groups that moved to the city in the early 1900s. East Boston in particular was a magnet for immigrants from Italy, Guatemala, El Salvador and Brazil. You’ll find plates of rich Italian spaghetti and the popular pupusas, tortillas stuffed with meat and beans.

Despite the city’s twisting streets, Boston is relatively compact and easy to explore on foot. For longer journeys, take a bus or the subway, affectionately nicknamed “The T.” Boston’s public transport system is one of the best in the country.

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Where to stay in Boston

Hampton Inn Boston - Logan Airport
Hampton Inn Boston - Logan Airport
2.5 out of 5
230 Lee Burbank Hwy, Revere, MA
The price is CA $182 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of TD Garden, New England Aquarium, and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Boston Common and Boston Convention ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,155 reviews)
"The continental breakfast was sub-par. No eggs or Bacon/Sausage. Bascially all carbs. Cereal and Waffles."

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2021

Hampton Inn Boston - Logan Airport
Boston Park Plaza
Boston Park Plaza
4 out of 5
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA
The price is CA $344 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
Located in Back Bay, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Newbury Street, Boston Public Garden, and Boston Common. Copley Place and Hynes Convention ...
4.1/5Very Good! (4,416 reviews)
"We lived walking to the Boston commons and gardens right across the street. We enjoyed walking to the Boston public library, around Beacon Hill properties, tours and local stores and restaurants."

Reviewed on Sep. 22, 2021

Boston Park Plaza
Embassy Suites Boston Logan Airport
Embassy Suites Boston Logan Airport
3.5 out of 5
207 Porter St, Boston, MA
The price is CA $221 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in East Boston, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bellingham Square Historic District, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and TD Garden. Boston Children's Museum ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,752 reviews)
"I liked the spaciousness of the room"

Reviewed on Sep. 21, 2021

Embassy Suites Boston Logan Airport
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Logan Airport Chelsea
Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Logan Airport Chelsea
3 out of 5
145 Beech St, Chelsea, MA
The price is CA $205 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Situated in Chelsea, this aparthotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Encore Boston Harbor and within 6 mi (10 km) of TD Garden and USS Constitution Museum. Faneuil Hall ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,006 reviews)
"Very nice place and friendly staff"

Reviewed on Sep. 15, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Logan Airport Chelsea
HYATT house Boston/Waltham
HYATT house Boston/Waltham
3 out of 5
54 4th Ave, Waltham, MA
The price is CA $216 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Brandeis University and within 9 mi (15 km) of Boston College and Harvard University. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,810 reviews)
"Breakfast has very few options. The elevator, hallway and public areas need clean better. The staff are very helpful."

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2021

HYATT house Boston/Waltham
Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Seaport
Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Seaport
3 out of 5
670 Summer Street, Boston, MA
The price is CA $336 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
Located in Seaport District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion and Black Falcon Cruise Terminal. Boston Convention and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (47 reviews)
"Location is good but only 1 bus line service available. No airport shuttle offered or available on request. If you have an early flights, your on your own....."

Reviewed on Sep. 1, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Seaport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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